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Mayor confirms two followers of Orthodox Church killed in Addis as they defend against demolition of church, denies he ordered it

Addis Ababa City acting mayor, Takele Uma, confirmed that clash between riot police and followers of Ethiopian Church left two dead following controversy over demolition

Addis Ababa Mayor _ Orthodox Church
Takele Uma. Photo credit : Addis Ababa City Administration.

February 5, 2020

At least two people are reportedly killed, and several others hurt, including elders, as deployed Federal police in the capital Addis Ababa unleashed attacks on followers of Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The incident happened near St. Gabriel Hosptial when the government task force arrived on-site overnight on the night of February 4 to demolish a church. Faithfuls of the church were in the business of defending their church when police opened fire and killed two of them around 1 a.m.

Different narratives about the incident

DW Amharic reporter in Addis Ababa, Yohannes Gebreegziabhier, spoke to what he eyewitness. “The clash in the locality of 22 or 24 in Addis Ababa happened when some who claim to be followers of the church began to build a church saying they got a revelation in their dream to build a church in the area and the police,” he reported.

However, DW Amharic report admitted that the Federal Police arrived on the site around 1 a.m. local time to remove people in a fenced area and that it fired tear gas. “As police open fire, followers of the church from the area clashed with security forces,” DW reporter cited “eyewitnesses.”

There has been continuous gunfire up until dawn, and residents were unable to send their children to school because of the security situation in the area.

Addis Ababa _ Orthodox Church
Photo credit : Adebabay media

Adebabay media, on the other hand, reported on February 4 that the clash between police and followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the area happened around 1 a.m. when riot police arrived at the scene to demolish a church constructed near Afro Tsion Construction confirming that two people were killed.

The source also cited its sources to report that 22 people are detained. And the detention came after a house to house search.

More offensive to the followers of the church, which apparently triggered the clash, was that the riot police tried to take the ArK from the church. Many feel that the attack is directed against the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Acting Mayor of Addis Ababa City, Takele Uma, met with journalists on Wednesday, February 5. He confirmed that two young people are killed in 22 locality of Addis Ababa and that 7 suspects are arrested. Seeminlgy, they were shot by the riot police.

An investigation is underway and the mayor also said that among those in detention are government officials with leadership positions in the city administration.

“Although the place where the church was built was not appropriate, the move to demolish it during the night time was inappropriate and an investigation is underway to determine as to who ordered the deployment for the demolition,” he said.

Identities of the victims is not disclosed. Social media sources says one of the victim is Michael Fanos, who was said to be 25 years of age. Residents in the area say, based on social media sources, police opened fire when youth from the are were chanting religious songs within the church premise.

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  1. It is inappropriate and unspeakably brutal act of the state based mafia . Sate always do its filthy task of detaining and killing innocents ,and the same poerful state coerce the public to accept its justification as the way of brain washing .

    state based mafia is on the rise in our planet regardless of where we live and to whom we belong .

    sad event for the bereaved family.

    • “ታከለ ኡማ ባለፉት ወራት ምንም አይነት ስብሰባ እንድናደርግ አልፈቀደልንም።” የባልደራስ ለእውነተኛ ዴሞክራሲ ፓርቲ ሊቀ መንበር እስክንድር ነጋ


      • amhara is catalyzing the ongoing violence .Christianity is used as a shield.

        they are desperately working to attack Oromos in the name of region and make them look agressive before the wolrd. We Oromos are aware of the evil act of neftegna and mahibrekidusan, aggregates of cats and donkeys!

  2. Addis Ababa youth is not terrorist .

    Fano is not terrorist .

    Addis Ababa’s Mayor doesnot want his Querro jihadist be the only terrorists in the country so he tried his best to instigate Addis Ababa youth to be terrorist, but this is a simple proof we Addis Ababa are not terrorist ,even if the mayor is terrorist trying his best to turn Addis Ababa youth to be labeled as tettorists .

    Fano is not terrorist even though terrorists abduct and the authorities donot do anything hoping fano turns a terrorist group , Fano Amhara region continue to act as human beings . Querro is worst human beings seen in history worst than Alshabab Boko Haram and ISIS combined .

    Ask any animal they will let you know Querro got no …..

    Blame all these on the last human being on Earth to be leading the country ,

    for all of you that liked Abiy to lead the country because you don’t know anyone better to lead the country , I hope you learnt your lesson and remain not to make your opinion anymore because countries has survived in better shape with no govt./leader than what we see now.

    They make Sidama hold a referendum and in their twisted mind they think Id Sidama AWasa is turned into hell on Earth nomore ethnicities want to ask for statehood so they put worse Mayor in Hawaasa with no oversight but somehow the Addis Ababa mayor seem to come up worst things .

    That is life in the two f the biggest cities in Ethiopia for you under Abiy AKA no govt.

    • U r jealous that sidama got their freedom?? Lol Oromos help the less fortunate the ones oppressed…sidama is happy why don’t u ask them? If they r happy why does it bother u all.?? Amhara want to force chains on people that’s how they used to rule and now u guys are angry that ur power is dead …

  3. It is true, Federal government is not going to intervene in Sidama province state government and Hawaassa City government’s lack of professionalism if anything OPDO wants to sabotage Sidama State anyway it can , because in a closed meeting OPDO has decided it is a good idea if the Sidama State / Hawaassa people fail miserably being a lesson for other ethnicities not to ask for their own self administration statehood, that way other ethnicities such as Kunama , Kaffaa , Wolaita …. reverse their demand to be granted a referendum for their self administration statehood , even if a referendum is granted for other ethnic groups after real chaos and deficit is seen in Sidama state /Hawassa city OPDO is hoping in the future other ethnic people will vote against having their own statehood.


    • Are u psychotic?? Why would Oromos go through all those trouble for sidama to not ask for help again and other ethnicities in the future?? Ur name is munir? Ur Muslim right? …as other sane Muslims use ur brain idiot staghfirullah it seems like all Amhara r the same either Muslim or Christian

  4. people in power always deny thier act of murder and genocide and claim they go against drug traffic, etc while cultivating violence.


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